People's reactions when you run

Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Running' started by mandytheartist, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. pilotrunner

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    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    BG, you're channeling Talon, I believe!

    Cheers!
     

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    i saw a lady bf on the trails yesterday. i got excited then i noticed her sandals in her hand. she was still happy though.
     

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    Mike, according to Jen, anytime you see a lady you get excited. :D
     
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    In other words, he's a man.

     
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    Exactly! I was going to point out the obvious...but you did it for us!!! ;)
     

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    When I'm running? "Hey, is that guy having a seizure?" or "awww...look, the fat kid's trying to run. Is there an ice cream truck going by?"
     
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    I have a section that always gets baby frogs on it. The things are about that far apart and move, its like reverse frogger. I've yet to step on one thankfully, I'd feel so bad killing the cute little froggies.
     
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    My favorite reaction--conversational pause--happened twice on yesterday's run:
    there's two or more people ahead of you on the path/sidewalk, usually walking, having a conversation. They of course don't hear you coming. After you pass them, the conversation stops.
     
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    usually along the lines of:
    "._. ........o.o.........O.O......( ).( )"
     
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    I felt so cheated the other day; there was a conversation pause, very slight, in which:
    lady #1: did you see...
    lady #2: yeah
    lady #1: can you imagi..
    lady #2: no
    then they simply picked up their conversation where they left off. It all took about 3 seconds. I felt I was scandalous enough for at least a 10 second stop.
     
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    and then this morning, lady walking her little dog. "YOU'RE BAREFOOT"
    me: "why, yes, I am. goodmorning"
    lady: "ouch" (but by that time i was past, so no time to educate)
     
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    "Oh mister you better watch not to hurt your feet...":D
     
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    Man,I am feeling left out. Other than some mutterings behind my back in last weeks 10k run, (pointed out to me by my kids as I did not hear them), I have not had any comments in quite a while. :(
     
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    You are just too terrifyingly tough, that's why they don't dare do more than mutter out of earshot.
     
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    I pass some girls walking on the track. Their conversation stops, then about two seconds later I hear explosive laughter.
    It's good to make someone laugh.
     
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    i would've asked if my shorts are ripped.
     

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    I always enjoy the reactions by children. They're honest and seem to grasp the natural subversiveness of barefooting (very young children are natural nudists too). Still get overwhelmingly negative and/or stoopid reactions by adults (99% of them are male). Sigh.

    My favorite reactions are getting kicked out of stores. It's fun to make a scene, especially if you get thrown out of a vegan/hippie store for being barefoot.
     
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    I had someone yell out their car window " did you lose your shoes? " That was priceless!!
     
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    Yesterday a couple (not in the best of shape, and with very very thick supportive shoes, walking very slowly), initiated infectious giggling as I passed them on a paved trail. I made sure to look extra happy.
     
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